Question - After chemotherapy, internal and external radiation are done, can the cervix be removed?
Cervical cancer can initially be treated with surgery or radiation with chemotherapy. Sometimes, radiation and chemotherapy are recommended after surgery. When a patient has been treated with radiation and chemotherapy, there are times where removing the cervix(and uterus)may be indicated afterwards due to a recurrence of cancer or complications of treatment. This decision is best discussed with a gynecologic oncologist who is specially trained in the surgical management of these tumors and works closely with radiation oncologists to make this recommendation.
William Russell, MD